Statement Jewelry: Bold Necklaces to Dress Up or Dress Down

Kristine Regan Daniel. Design Originals, $12.99 trade paper (64p) ISBN 978-1-4972-0313-6
Daniel’s book is intended for those new to jewelry making. It guides readers through the basics of beading and assembly techniques (e.g., cutting a chain or threading a loop) using prefabricated materials (such as pendants) to create an array of flashy necklaces. While some projects such as the “Aztec Bib Necklace” include obscure components such as the “acrylic bib necklace base (clear),” most are made with materials commonly found at craft-supply stores. Many designs offer straightforward instructions: “Rainbow Crystal Necklace,” for example, involves simply beading and layering different strands and then attaching a clasp. The clear color photos are not particularly dynamic but are instructionally sufficient. The heavy focus on store-bought materials and basic instruction is well suited for those with no previous experience working with jewelry-making materials and who might want to experiment with this kind of craft. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/05/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
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